Supporting the work of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve forest guards.
To assist the forest guards in the protection of India’s species from the potentially fatal hazards of open water wells.
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is a protected 1536.93 square kilometer area of tiger habitat located in the central Indian highlands. The reserve currently supports around 70 tigers along with other important native species. With the help of Blair Drummond, the Corbett Foundation aims to provide the forest guards who protect the reserve with the skills and equipment necessary to conserve the forest and the animals which rely upon it for survival.
The Bengal Tiger is primarily found in India, with small populations also recorded in the surrounding countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, totaling in approximately 2,500 individual tigers. They are the second largest member of the Tiger family and the most prevalent of all the Tiger subspecies. Over the years a number of factors have resulted in the rapid decline of Tiger numbers. Habitat loss, hunting and lack of prey species have all contributed in forcing this species into smaller and more remote areas.
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is one of the most promising areas of suitable habitat for these big cats, and as such it is vital the reserve and the animals within it are protected. However, within this reserve there are also small communities which rely heavily on the surrounding landscape to provide for their families. This can often lead to occurrences of human wildlife conflict, or to locals exploiting the local wildlife in an effort to increase their income. Bandhavgarhs forest guards work with the communities in an effort to educate the locals on the species in the area and their importance in relation to biodiversity, whilst sharing ideas or principles which should minimize any human vs wildlife conflict.
Bandhavgarh forest guards also act as a deterrent to any would-be poachers in the area, as well as carrying out vital data collection, and identifying any other threats to Tigers and other species living within the reserve. One such threat that has been identified are the dangerous posed to wildlife by uncovered wells. Whilst the wells provide villagers with a vital source of clean and safe drinking water, they pose a very real hazard to tigers and other species in the reserve such as leopard, deer, and antelope. One of the forest guards’ current aims are to secure all wells, making them accessible to the villagers yet preventing any surrounding wildlife from becoming entrapped within them, a situation which can often prove fatal for the animal involved.
This is the third year Link to the Wild has supported the work of the Corbett Foundation, and by the end of 2019, we hope to have provided them with close to £6000 worth of funds. As well as securing wells, Blair Drummond has also funded the purchase of Solar powered torches and other vital equipment which allows the forest guards to continue to protect the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
Where your money goes
Tigers were one of the first species I worked with. I understand more than ever now, having worked for two years in the Education department, how important it is to protect them and raise awareness about their plight in the wild. We have worked with the Corbett Foundation for a couple of years now - they are a fantastic charity.